You shouldn't need a special reason to visit the Ringling. The campus is gorgeous and its buildings are packed with treasures of art and history.
But just in case that isn't enough, tonight brings the museum's monthly Ringling Underground event.
Ringling Underground features live music from local and regional bands and solo artists, plus up-and-coming artists displaying their work in the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Courtyard. This month's music headliner is Gringo Star, an indy rock band from Atlanta that's been getting rave reviews for its recordings ever since its debut EP in 2007.
Ringling Underground gets going at 8 p.m. with music by Pleasures. FayRoy takes the stage at 9 p.m. and Gringo Star finishes the evening off with a set that starts at 10 p.m.
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Pleasures plays dark, electronic dance music. FayRoy, from Indian Rocks Beach, describe their music as "dark, experimental pop-noise and tripped-out space rock."
Some of the galleries in the museum will stay open until 11 p.m.
That's kind of late on a weeknight for a lot of people, but the next day's Friday and after that you'll have a three-day weekend.
Details: 8 p.m. Sept. 3, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Tickets: $10; free for college students with ID. Information: 941-359-5700, ringling.org.